Poet and essayist Bill Holm died Wednesday February 26, 2009
February 26, 2009 4:36 PM Subscribe
Minnesota poet and essayist Bill Holm died on Wednesday.
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Bill Holm passed away less than a year after receiving some of the recognition he deserved when he was named the 2008 McKnight Distinguished Artist of the Year
. He was 65.Bill Holm
lived out much of his life in the same tiny Minnesota town where he grew up, a sort of personal failure (from most perspectives on success) for an ambitious writer that partly inspired his long essay
on what success and failure meant in (and to) America, The Music of Failure
. The divide between what was considered important and what was truly significant in life was a central theme in his poems and essays.
He was undoubtedly the only person to publish a volume of poems about boxelder bugs
, but his experience wasn't limited to the minutia of Minnesota. He was a world traveler who taught (and wrote about) China
and had in the last several years been dividing his time between homes in Minnesota and Iceland
. I was lucky to know Bill as an person and not just through his writing. He left far too soon and he deserves to be better known.